Well, the moment all the G/T classes have been waiting for, the trailer is here. Mr. Holland picked it up yesterday and we got right to work. We learned to use a pop rivet tool today. We used it to attach the galvanized metal to the bottom of the trailer frame to keep out mice mostly, but if is moved it will keep out road spray as well. The coolest thing was, we got hard hats!
Today is a good day. We found out the trailer will be ready tomorrow. Mr. Holland will drive to Washington to pick it up on 11-7-17.
While discussing our plans to start the floor, someone suggested we order hardhats and safety goggles. So, we got online and ordered a variety of colors, which we will model when they come in.
We found out some sad news, one of our builders will be moving back to Singapore to attend school. We will miss her but she can follow our progress online. We will also send our greetings to her through our blog.
This week, we have been discussing types of insulation. We talked about the cost, the process of putting it up, if it is safe, and its quality. The classes decided that we would put rigid insulation in the floor, alpaca fiber in the walls, and denim insulation in the ceiling. Rigid insulation is going in the floor because if there are any leaks of water it will remain dry. We have chosen alpaca fiber for the walls because it can easily fit between and around wires and cords. Denim insulation is going in the ceiling because it is very easy to put up.
Also, we have talked about the trailer for the tiny house. There are two options for where we are getting the trailer. The first is from Tiny House Basics. The second is from Tiny Home Builders. We are leaning towards Tiny House Basics in Olympia, Washington because the wait for it is only about three weeks. The trailer from Tiny Home Builders in Logan, Utah is supposed to take eight weeks. Tiny Home Builders trailer is about fifty dollars less and it is shorter drive, so that option means we are spending less money. Tiny House Basics is farther away and fifty dollars more, but we do not have to wait that long.
The students are all very excited to start building the tiny house.
It has been a long time, I hope I remember how to do this. Once again, the Mountain Home School District's gifted and Talented classes will be building a tiny house. We are off to a late start, but I don't think that will be much of a factor.
We have been planning and designing using Sketchup. I, myself, am not very good at the program, but a friend of mine, Randy Tyndall, is, so I had him come in for a few weeks and show the kids some basics. It was fun to watch an old hermit interact with a bunch of kids who had a million questions. Anyway, after much experimentation by the kids, we came up with a working model. It is twenty feet long and will use a shape that is a little more tow friendly. It features a main floor sleeping area. We are looking into making it solar.
As usual, we would like to thank our investors for supporting us on this journey.
I am sorry about the long delay in writing in the blog. We had a whirlwind of activity on Tinyhouselistings.com the summer. The picture below shows the proud owners of the tiny house. They are Bridget and Matt. Bridget contacted me while in Europe this summer and said she would like to buy it. She would not be in town until August first though. I asked if she would like to send a friend over to check it out and she said," No, I follow your blog and already know what it looks like". So Bridget made plans for payment, from Europe, and I made the finishing touches. When Bridget returned home, she made a visit to see her new home. I got a text that said she loved it and it was perfect. Well, that night, I received a text from Matt asking for help in surprising Bridget. He asked that I deliver it on Wednesday even though I was going to get a text from Bridget asking that it be delivered on Friday. Of course I would do that, how fun. I was not there when Bridget came home,but I imagine she climbed right into it, and this I do know, Matt asked her to marry him...and she said yes.
This is the end of a great, great story of our not so tiny house project this year. I want to thank all of our investors this year, without your support, we could not have done it. Are we doing another? We will see about that.
We Are getting closer and closer to finishing, then, something else pops up. We decided to have our open house on Friday May 20th, from 3:00- 5:00. It will be located in the Bennett High parking lot across from Maverick. We had a buyer but unfortunately, it did not work out, so... it is up for sale
These are some photos of our nearly finished tiny house. All the windows are trimmed, and the butcher block counter top, and the zinc counter tops are installed. They've turned out nice too. We are currently painting the base boards. We need to make the cupboard doors, and put in all of the rest of the trim. More pictures to come!
We have been waiting for the thermostat sensor to arrive so that we could lay the flooring, it came so the flooring is down. By its self, it looks good. I am unsure how it looks with the darker stain on parts of the stairs and the windows. My wife says it looks fantastic, the kids are split, so it is what it is.
It has been awhile, sorry. So much work, so little time. I think I have the weekend open, so I hope to have some kids help this weekend and be really productive, The cabinets need to have doors made and they need to be set, the ceiling needs to be installed, the floor heat needs to be laid, as well as the flooring, the trim needs to be put up, counter tops made and installed, and did I miss anything, I'm sure I did.
We are a Gifted and Talented class in the Mountain Home School District